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  • @Godder said in Tech Questions:

    I thought that might be the case... Can't even buy a dumb phone any more (in his mother's price range).

    If his school gave him a device, would they be able to lock it?

    They can try. 😐



  • @Godder said in Tech Questions:

    I thought that might be the case... Can't even buy a dumb phone any more (in his mother's price range).

    If his school gave him a device, would they be able to lock it?

    The schools get it to a point, then youtube gives step by step instructions on how to bypass whatever they put in place.

    It's whack a mole.

    At 15, all you can do is have a frank conversation about what to avoid with porn, the downsides of it, and the aspects that are unrealistic and damaging, then wait for him to grow out of masterbating when he's 80 or something.



  • His mother is incapable of viewing him as anything other than a child, so that's unlikely - I've already told her that and she didn't like that idea... She's paranoid that he will meet people off the internet and get murdered (never mind that she was active on NZ dating for years), so her current solution is no devices. I'm sure he was active online at school when it was open, but for now, schooling will have to wait till school is open again.



  • @Godder said in Tech Questions:

    His mother is incapable of viewing him as anything other than a child, so that's unlikely - I've already told her that and she didn't like that idea... She's paranoid that he will meet people off the internet and get murdered (never mind that she was active on NZ dating for years), so her current solution is no devices. I'm sure he was active online at school when it was open, but for now, schooling will have to wait till school is open again.

    Probably more a dad conversation anyway, or if he's not on the scene a really uncomfortable uncle conversation?



  • @Kirwan said in Tech Questions:

    @Godder said in Tech Questions:

    His mother is incapable of viewing him as anything other than a child, so that's unlikely - I've already told her that and she didn't like that idea... She's paranoid that he will meet people off the internet and get murdered (never mind that she was active on NZ dating for years), so her current solution is no devices. I'm sure he was active online at school when it was open, but for now, schooling will have to wait till school is open again.

    Probably more a dad conversation anyway, or if he's not on the scene a really uncomfortable uncle conversation?

    We shipped him off to his father's place for the lockdown, so they've no doubt bonded a bit (prior interaction had been erratic, but it wasn't no interaction), so maybe they'll have that conversation if we're lucky.



  • My son's 13 later in the year, so this a nice look into my future.



  • We found Qustodio to be user friendly, but the lad was only 10 so not trying to circumvent it. His school disabled the app for their own software about 18mths ago



  • @Kirwan said in Tech Questions:

    My son's 13 later in the year, so this a nice look into my future.

    Yeah that's about the time his Mum busts him looking at the most basic nude ladies on the web and freaks out about it 😉

    My conversation with the boy EDIT: around 12-13 (he's about to turn 16) was much like to you say: understand that porn is highly unrealistic - curse that fact 😉 but then move on. Also as long as he understands there is nothing wrong with galloping the lizard despite the stigma attached to it.

    My final advice to him was: "Back in my day, we had to hide the magazines. Nowadays you need to hide your browser history. CTRL+SHIFT+N. All I'm saying"

    @Godder said in Tech Questions:

    His mother is incapable of viewing him as anything other than a child,

    Common problem. Women raise children. Men raise adults.



  • @Kirwan said in Tech Questions:

    At 15, all you can do is have a frank conversation about what to avoid with porn, the downsides of it, and the aspects that are unrealistic and damaging, then wait for him to grow out of masterbating when he's 80 or something.

    Humble brag about doing it better than most?



  • @Bones said in Tech Questions:

    @Kirwan said in Tech Questions:

    At 15, all you can do is have a frank conversation about what to avoid with porn, the downsides of it, and the aspects that are unrealistic and damaging, then wait for him to grow out of masterbating when he's 80 or something.

    Humble brag about doing it better than most?

    Subtle way to call me a piston wristed gibbon 🙂 typing on a mobile keyboard....



  • It's all really too easy when you can simply go to Google, then Images and type "nude" or "nude video" and hundreds of thousands of images and videos are available.

    And you can't realistically stop anyone from using Google as it is such a key tool.



  • Years ago I started a topic re how to access a crashed 'mywinlocker' app. Tried a couple of things, to no avail. Any tech-heads got any ideas?



  • @RoninWC said in Tech Questions:

    It's all really too easy when you can simply go to Google, then Images and type "nude" or "nude video" and hundreds of thousands of images and videos are available.

    And you can't realistically stop anyone from using Google as it is such a key tool.

    Hmmm. I might try that.



  • @JC said in Tech Questions:

    @RoninWC said in Tech Questions:

    It's all really too easy when you can simply go to Google, then Images and type "nude" or "nude video" and hundreds of thousands of images and videos are available.

    And you can't realistically stop anyone from using Google as it is such a key tool.

    Hmmm. I might try that.

    Do be careful what you type before the word nude though. You may get some nasty surprises



  • Hi guys. I currently use a couple of basic TP link 2.4Ghz access points in my house. They are plugged into hardwire sockets but I'm looking for more speed and dual band so I'm looking at this, it is 3x faster than my existing ones and has 5Ghz band.

    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NAPTPL0225/TP-Link-Omada-EAP225-MU-MIMO-Dual-Band-AC1350-4508

    I just want to switch it in for one of the existing APs with minimal fuss, don't want to screw up my current basic setup. Will this achieve that? Churs in advance



  • Hi guys,

    I'm asking advice on behalf of my sister's friend, who has designed a website for a small charity (that doesn't have actual charity status, yet). She's a beginning, self-taught webdesigner with previous experience with running a (medical ngo's) website and she's had a lot of issues with the webhost - who had changed ownership and let the security certificates lapse etc. She received a lot spam on the group's email (not uncommon for medical sites) and also didn't trust the security of the site. She didn't get very good help from them.

    So she's a bit concerned about chosing a good, safe webhost. Can anyone recommend a good one?

    • shouldn't cost too much (they have no members and will rely on - probably - a small number of donations in future; there won't be any advertising on the site, because that could affect the credibility of the info)
    • aimed at NZ, but will attract visitors from everywhere on the planet (she mentioned that there were months with visitor numbers between 1,000 and 2,000, but also quiet months of well below 1,000).
    • the website will have somewhere between 15 and 25 pages with a few images
    • should have https and the appropriate security certificate (at no extra cost). I have no clue, is that the SSL certificate?
    • should have cpanel (or something similar; it should generally be easy for a novice to upload new html pages (or replace existing ones)
    • maybe have the option of paypal for donations? Or is there something better/safer for donations?
    • excellent uptime and helpdesk at this site of the planet
    • servers in NZ, Australia or elsewhere not too far from NZ
    • no need for the likes of WordPress (she has handcoded the pages in html5/css and tiny bit of javascript)

    I'm trying to help her, but it's a bit like the blind leading the blind here, so maybe I'm not asking all the right questions. Please, keep your replies simple haha.

    PS: she has been looking at:
    https://www.itsaccessible.net.nz/website-hosting-not-for-profits/
    https://www.siteground.com/shared-hosting-features.htm (start-up plan)(not sure they provide the SSL certificate)
    https://www.a2hosting.sg/web-hosting/compare (start-up plan)
    https://chemicloud.com/web-hosting/
    https://netvirtue.com.au/web-hosting/australian-web-hosting/
    https://www.cloudways.com/en/pricing.php#vultr

    Thanks!



  • I need to get a database going. I cannot code.

    I can access some very limited funding.

    Accessing user records (students, specifically) with data coming in after each course or , survey etc with links between students and courses and grades, courses and surveys, etc.

    Are there any recommendations as Access was recommended but seems to be on the way out.



  • @Stargazer https://webhostingnz.com/ - I use this place for my small non-profit organisation's website. Ticks the boxes in your list as far as I can tell, but I'm not an expert.



  • @Godder Thanks for that. Indeed, that seems to offer everything she's looking for in a webhost.

    I couldn't find any reviews about them. So you are happy with the uptime (no long outages) and speed? Have you ever needed their helpdesk? If so, how long did it take them to respond and how long to sort out the problem?



  • @Stargazer haven't noticed major uptime issues but have never needed their help desk, so hard to comment on that other than they seem to prefer the online ticket system rather than phone calls in the first instance.



  • @Kirwan Might be useful:

    https://1.1.1.1/family/

    There's also Next DNS.


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